2004-02-06 / Community

Smith: Send a Vet a Valentine

Smith: Send a Vet a Valentine

For the fourth year in a row, Senator Malcolm Smith, is seeking to make Valentine’s Day a little brighter for hospitalized veterans at the V.A. Hospital and State Veter ans Nursing Home at St. Albans. The donation drive is being cosponsored by Team 100, a civic organization that has pledged to help the senator with his work in the community.

Smith is sponsoring his fourth annual "Send a Vet a Valentine" gift distribution program to collect dona tions of new clothing, toiletries and prepaid calling cards that will be provided to veterans on Thurs day, February 12.

Community residents and businesses interested in participating in the program may drop off donations, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Senator Smith’s office at 205-19 Linden Boulevard in St. Albans. Interested people may also call Senator Smith’s office at 718.528.4290 for further information.

Senator Smith noted that representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs have provided him with a list of items that veterans would like to receive, which in cludes: large and extra large sweat pants and shirts, gloves, hats, socks and slippers. Donated items should be new, and not previously used. Please refrain from donating alcohol based products.

"Our nation’s veterans have made sacrifices for all of us, giving of their time and sometimes their very lives in preserving the liberties that we all take for granted," said Senator Smith. "Even as we speak, members of our armed forces are en gaged in dangerous missions in Iraq and elsewhere. My sponsorship of this program is just one small way to express our gratitude to our nation’s veterans and, stand in solidarity with members of our armed forces, and to make sure that our country’s servicemen and women know how much their contributions and sacrifices are appreciated."

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